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all the addicts will have to sober up or die.
Originally posted by kimish
Originally posted by tinker9917
I think alot of it will have to do with the mind anyway. Just like pain... you can "talk" to yourself and make pain lessen and ease up a bit. I think addiction is is the same, unless maybe in the cases that the withdrawls are so bad you have seizures or something serious such as that.
But you have to have the mental ability to overcome, which so many do not have.
It's easier said than done. Especially if you're physically addicted. Your body needs it so it's not all in your head. Granted, your head can help you get over it but a physical addiction can be very bad. Btw, physical addictions (which happens with more things than I think you are aware of) can result in seizures, drop or rise in blood pressure and numerous other things. Soo, in essence, it's actually more than a "mind over matter" thing.
Food for thought.
Originally posted by NightGypsy
Sober up or "die?"
Where did you come up with the idea that people will die if they don't have access to the things they are addicted to?
Unlike the withdrawal syndrome associated with opiate dependence, DT (and alcohol withdrawal in general) can be fatal. Mortality was as high as 35% before the advent of intensive care and advanced pharmacotherapy; in the modern era of medicine, death rates range from 5-15%
Originally posted by polarwarrior
Depends what they are addicted to, take alcohol for example, something I'm sure your familiar with and a very common addiction. Acute alcohol withdrawal or 'DT's' would have a 35% mortality rate in a SHTF scenario where you cannot be hospitalized.
From the same wiki entry.
In the U.S., fewer than about 50% to 60% of alcoholics will develop any significant withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of alcohol intake, and of these, only 5% of cases of acute ethanol withdrawal progress to DT.